The Suit of Swords (also known as the Suit of Spades) is one of the four suits of the minor arcana in Tarot.
- Element: Air
- Aspects of: Mentality
In tarot, swords correspond to the element of Air and the quality of Mentality, and as such signifies freedom but also quick change. The Swords suit also traditionally represented the military, which implies strength, power and authority, but also responsibility, violence and suffering.
This does not necessarily mean that Swords pertain to the physical specifically. It also focuses on intellect. One's wit can be as sharp as a rapier, being able to take a big problem and cut it into many, much smaller problems.